The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

February 17, 2013

Does coffee affect appetite?

Dr. Jack on Health and Fitness

RICHMOND — Many people use coffee to wake up, feel more alert and get more energy.

Competitive athletes also use caffeine as an ergogenic aid to spare muscle glycogen and delay fatigue during endurance events such as marathons. Since coffee is known to suppress appetite, weight watchers also use it to drop some pounds.

According to recent research, however, if weight loss is your goal, you’re probably better off sticking to decaf than caffeinated coffee to control your appetite.

Coffee is a complex mixture of chemicals. It’s the world’s most widely used stimulant drug, primarily because of the caffeine. Health experts agree that a little caffeine can improve your health, while a lot can harm it.

Coffee’s complex mixture makes it difficult to assess and predict the effects on hunger and appetite. The theory, though, is that coffee’s active ingredients act on the brain to make people feel full or satisfied. But in fact, most studies to date have produced mixed results.

Some of the more recent studies have found that decaffeinated coffee showed significantly lower hunger levels than caffeinated coffee or other caffeinated beverages.

Researchers speculate that certain chemicals in decaf (it could be chlorogenic acid or other satiety hormones) become elevated, resulting in decreased feelings of hunger.

The picture is not entirely clear yet and research is ongoing. Regardless, it provides some interesting data that may lead to practical applications for coffee drinkers.

Coffee is an interesting study. Coffee is full of antioxidants, yet not everyone responds to it equally well. However, if you’re relying on caffeine to suppress your appetite, it’s perhaps time to consider another strategy.

Switching out your high-test for decaf may help your body tune in to the feelings of satiety and switch off hunger. It’s at least worth a try.

1
Text Only
Lifestyles & Community
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

What county fair attraction do you like most?

Amusement rides
Beauty pageants
Flora Hall craft exhibits
Horse shows
Livestock, poultry shows
Truck, tractor pulls
Mud, dirt races
Gospel sing
I like them all
     View Results